Health Over Length | Natural Hair
When I first went natural I couldn’t wait until my hair grew out because I thought that my hairstyles would look nicer and I would look better overall. My hair takes FOREVER to grow, but finally after four long years I was starting to become content with the length of my hair. I say content because even though my hair was finally at a good length my hairstyles weren’t coming out the way that I had hoped for.
As my hair grew out my coils weren’t poppin’ anymore; not after washing or styling. They started to form more of a zig zag than a spiral and my hair just looked limp and lifeless. I decided to just throw my hair in a bun every week until I figured out what to do to get my definition back. I tried new curl enhancing products, new wash day routines, new styling methods, but still nothing worked. I watched plenty of videos, read plenty of blog posts and in the midst of all of that I began to think that maybe cutting it and starting over was the best option for me.
I had been trimming and cutting my hair myself since I went natural and I was against going to a salon because why do that when I can do it for the free at home? Eventually, I gave in and headed over to a salon that catered to natural hair. Once my hair was blown out my stylist made sure to tell me what was going on with my hair. She told me that my hair was healthy I just had a little of bit of color and a few split ends that needed to be snipped away; I didn’t need to chop it all off, hallelujah. I let her trim the front and the sides, but I told her that I wanted her to cut the back shorter because that’s where my hair grows the fastest and I wanted my front to grow out longer than the back. This was my first ever professional wash, blowout and trim and I also decided to get a silk press. After washing my hair from the silk press and styling, my hair was back to it’s healthy self and I loved it! That’s when I realized that length doesn’t matter if you’re hair isn’t healthy.
My hair grew a tremendous amount and that was because it was actually retaining length. Before my hair was growing but at the same time it was breaking off so it looked like it was going nowhere. I made the decision to go every 6 months, or whenever it starts acting the way it did before the trim, to go get a professional trim.
To all my natural ladies and gents, it’s better to not hold on to damaged hair and if your hair hasn’t been slaying lately try to take a look and see what your hair needs. As much as you’ve been waiting for your hair to get to that desired length remember: Health over length my friend, health over length!
Until next time!